I couldn't fit all of Marchet Butler's tips into the short article, so a few more (paraphrased) she suggested were:
- Don't get flustered or upset. No one's going to be smiling if you're yelling at them. She's not above bringing treats for younger subjects to keep the mood positive.
- Don't be afraid to act a little silly or get a little creative to get everyone looking and smiling at you.
- Don't go into the photo shoot with unrealistic expectations of your skills. Not every photo is going to be perfect, but if you get one or two, you're in business! If group photos don't work this year, try individual ones, and then spend 2013 practicing with your camera so you'll be better next year.